RICHMOND: VMFA – The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will debut the newest exhibition of works by the Legendary African-American photographer Gordon Parks from July 23 to October 30. The exhibit houses 42 photographs of “Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott” the body of work takes a look at the realities of life under segregation during the 1950’s. Parks was the first African-American photographer hired full-time by Life magazine. As part if the exhibit, the museum will also offer a series of related programs on the history of documentary photography, and discuss race and representation as revealed in Parks’ work. The museum, 200 North Boulevard, opens 10am Saturday, For more information on Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott and other exhibitions at the museum call 804-340-1400 or visit www.vmfa.museum.
The inaugural RVA to DC bike ride is Saturday, July 23 to Sunday July 24, a two-day ride bike from Richmond to Fredericksburg on day one, then from Fredericksburg to the finish festival at Gateway Park in Arlington on day two. The ride starts in Richmond at Sports Backers Stadium at 6am on Saturday. Organizers say “The goal of the Bike Ride is to empower participants to become advocates for improvements to the quality and quantity of safe, connected spaces to bike and walk in Virginia, while also taking them on a ride showing off some of the best tourist and historic sites in Virginia.” For the inaugural ride, five different bike and pedestrian advocacy groups are involved and serve as the official event charities, including Bike Walk RVA, a program created by Sports Backers. For more details visit www.sportsbackers.org.